First-Party PS4 Games Receiving Mysterious Updates Before PS5 Launch
The release of the PS5 is less than one month away and as of right now, Sony is laying the groundwork for the console's release. It's almost hard to believe that earlier this year, numerous members of the gaming community theorized over what the design of the PS5 might look like and what games might be on it. Though, now it appears Sony has begun to release several software updates intended for previous PlayStation titles.
In addition to the PS4's latest update, multiple first-party PlayStation titles have begun to receive various updates and patches. Now, it's perfectly normal for games to have software updates, given the large volume of bugs that get reported over the span of dozens of games. However, what's interesting is that some of the games that have received updates have been out for several years.
One example is the remastered version of God of War 3 available on the PS4. While God of War 3 has been around for over 10 years, the remaster has only been out for half that time, which is still a considerably long time frame in terms of patching any given game. Although, that wasn't the only title.
Along with God of War 3 Remastered, there were also updates and patches released for Marvel's Spider-Man, God of War (2018), Astro Bot Rescue Mission, and many others. In terms of what each of the patches are intended for, little to no additional information is provided past general bug fixes. In actuality, it makes a lot of sense as to why Sony is suddenly patching all of these games.
With the launch of the PS5 rapidly approaching, Sony and the respective development teams in charge of each game are attempting to optimize every one of these titles so that they can play effectively on the PS5. Reportedly, the PS5 is backward compatible with a surprising amount of PS4 games, but in order for the console to achieve this, changes need to be made to each of the games in order to be properly optimized.
In any case, it's nice to see that Sony is thinking so far ahead in terms of how older titles will work on the PS5. Right now, the company is likely doing everything it can to make sure that the launch of the new console is a success. In fact, the PS5 accessories are actually shipping ahead of the console itself. Thus, consumers can rest assured that everything will be ready for when the console arrives.
The PS5 is set to launch on November 12th, 2020.